The 15 Most Titillating Things at the Venice Biennale


Last week, elite artists mingled with fanny-packed tourists in the streets of Venice as, one by one, each of the pavilions of the 54th Biennale opened their doors amid grappa-soaked revelry. In addition to the nation-specific showcases, Christian Marclay let everyone have another rendezvous with The Clock; the Starn brothers did their Big Bambú thing on top of a building next to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection; Giuseppe Stampone installed the phrase BYE BYE AI WEIWEI on a north-facing building on the shore of Giudecca, visible to all passing vaporetti; and we even got to sample a selection of snacks sprayed with silvery-blue paint at one of the openings. You've read Jerry Saltz's best and worst picks from the festival, now get another take on the fifteen most titillating things uncovered in town.